Whether we seek to disconnect from the outside world, challenge ourselves or relax in style (or all of the above), a restorative getaway is often the perfect way to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Here, we have rounded up our favorite wellness-focused properties, each with their own emphasis—from spiritual to intellectual. Contact Indagare for assistance planning a wellness vacation. Our specialists can match you with just the right active or pampering destination.
For Spiritual Exploration: Mii amo
Nestled in the red rocks of Sedona, this intimate spa is ideal for those in need of an energy-focused, nourishing getaway. Deeply rooted in spirituality, the retreat fosters an “It’s all about you” philosophy that caters to those seeking renewal and transformation; some guests come in search of rest or detox, while others look for balance with reiki sessions and meditation. Mii amo aims to better guests’ insides as well as their outsides, with progressive spa treatments, fitness offerings and astrological consultations. Plus: The red rock location will awe you; visitors feel lucky to spend time in such a sacred, beautiful place. Mii amo is a favorite of Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley, who visits every January and says, “Now I cannot imagine starting a year without the kind of renewal that I am sure to receive at Mii amo.”
Interested in traveling to Mii amo with Melissa? Learn more about Indagare’s annual Insider Trip.
For a Far-Flung Eco-Escape: The Brando
Those in search of a down-to-earth and sustainably minded getaway should journey to this gorgeous atoll in the South Pacific—which boasts enough natural beauty to make a hermit out of anyone. Guests can follow in the footsteps of Marlon Brando (who fell in love with the island and lived there in relative isolation in the 1960s) and sink their feet in the sand at this stunning, progressive resort owned by the actor. The level to which the luxurious, all-inclusive retreat takes its sustainability is truly remarkable, as the Brando employs scientists to carry out environmental projects on site and encourages guests to learn about their green facilities. Visitors will be wowed by the property’s pristine setting (allowing for top-notch water activities) and fantastic dining, though the heart and soul of the resort is the Brando’s friendly staff members, many of whom hail from French Polynesia.
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For a Classic European Spa: SHA Wellness Clinic
This wellness spa on Spain’s southeastern coast touts a variety of exercise programs including yoga, tennis, Pilates and personal training. The resort’s 250 specialists encourage guests to reevaluate and re-center their minds and bodies through daily fitness classes and information sessions covering topics like emotional intelligence and detoxing. Facilities are world-class: there is a state-of-the-art, 28-station hydrotherapy circuit that includes Roman and Turkish baths, bio-thermal showers, therapeutic water jets, a sauna and more. Those with a particular goal can enroll in one of the specific programs (recommended 7-14 days), which target such areas as weight loss and fitness, quitting smoking, managing stress and optimizing health and life expectancy.
For a Physical Challenge: Ranch at Live Oak
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For Off-the-Grid Relaxation: Parrot Cay
Nothing says ‘escape’ quite like a stay on a private island, particularly for those whose ideal state of wellbeing is lying on a beach with nothing but a good book and the sun’s rays as company. A castaway beach paradise, Parrot Cay is a favorite with high-profile celebrities for its pristine, secluded location that is more readily associated with resorts in the Maldives. Here, luxury is about unplugging and lounging on a muslin-draped daybed, or getting hooked on daily yoga lessons at COMO Shambhala and snacking on ultra-fresh seafood in bare feet. The spa is worth the trip, as the property emphasizes a wellness philosophy through excellent fitness offerings, a delicious health-focused menu and indulgent spa treatments.
For a Communication Detox: Vana Retreat, India
Sometimes unplugging completely from the modern world is the best way to quiet the busy mind. At this ashram-cum-wellness resort in the serene Himalayan foothills of India, guests are encouraged to disconnect from outside influences and embrace their natural surroundings. Upon arrival, visitors receive a personal consultation to design a program based on the ‘seven thread’ system, an ancient practice that includes spa treatments, fitness, water therapies and activities, yoga, sowa riga (Tibetan medicine healing) and ayurveda (tradition Indian medicine). While at Vana, guests participate in mindful meditation, yoga, cooking classes and music performances to restore and reevaluate their spiritual states as they detach from the outside. www.vana.co.in
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For Outdoor Splendor: Aro Hā Wellness Retreat, New Zealand
New Zealand has the power to leave travelers awestruck by the overwhelming force of its landscape. Whether hiking up jagged mountains, traversing icy glaciers, swimming in crater lakes or heli-skiing in majestic Alps, the scenery is nothing short of dazzling—and the perfect backdrop for a transformative getaway. In Queenstown, Aro Hā Wellness Retreat overlooks the serene Lake Wakatipu and offers the ultimate wilderness experience focused on health, mindfulness and connecting with nature. Days at this secluded retreat are both indulgent and challenging, full of stunningly beautiful hikes, yoga, massages and sublime meals (the dining program emphasizes clean, vegetarian cuisine). With programs ranging from four to seven nights, Aro Hā is perfect for solo travelers aiming for self-transformation in glorious surroundings. aro-ha.com
For a Transformative Cultural Retreat: Uma Punakha by COMO
Remote, serene and utterly mystical, Bhutan attracts many who come seeking enlightenment and healing. The landlocked Kingdom at the foot of the Himalayas teeters between medieval, mythological and modern times, and the unique Buddhist culture is known to leave travelers with a newfound sense of peace and well being. Whether visiting rural villages, meeting monks or exploring the mountaintop monasteries and temples, travelers can’t help but immerse themselves in the Bhutanese way of life, which embraces happiness as a constant state of mind. Uma Punakha by COMO is an intimate lodge in a bucolic valley that offers views of riverside orchards and farmland. Guests are pampered in the COMO Shambhala spa, where hot stone baths are open to the crisp valley air and mountain views. The more intrepid can arrange overnight camping ventures into the Himalayas.
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For an Urban Break: The Greenwich
A restorative getaway does not have to be in a remote location, and the spa at the Greenwich in New York City’s Tribeca proves that healing can take place in the world’s busiest capital. Constructed and decorated with materials recovered from all over Manhattan and from as far away as Japan, Robert DeNiro’s passion project hotel could bring any aesthetics-adoring guest to tears. The Shibui Spa is an underground sanctuary; its pool rests under a wood and bamboo structure. The water is set to 83 degrees, and is constantly lit by candles. The gym’s hemlock wood–panels are specially designed for private sessions with a personal trainer, and the spa’s traditional bathing shiatsu space and treatment room inspire a sense of awe. It is almost unbelievable that this world exists underneath a hotel in New York City.
For a Nutritious—and Delicious—Getaway: Six Senses Douro Valley
Foodies and oenophiles rejoice; the Six Senses Douro Valley offers wellness- seeking travelers the best of both words: a stunning setting in which to relax and recharge, plus sensational food and wine. A bona fide ‘destination property,’ the salmon-colored 19th-century manor is tucked into the hillside above the banks of Portugal’s idyllic Douro Valley. There, the 24,000-square-foot spa offers innovative wellness programs (like stress treatments and make-your-own skincare workshops) that guests enjoy along with excursions to local towns and wineries. Plus, the resort’s delicious cuisine marries healthful minded dishes with Portuguese classics to showcase the region’s wonderful local flavors.
Contact Indagare for assistance planning a wellness vacation. Our specialists can match you with just the right active or pampering destination.